Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. The evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ‘ancient DNA’ research guides us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.
Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is famous as “The first programmer” for her prescient writings about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Biographers have focused on her tragically short life and her supposed poetic approach – in this talk we unpick the myths and look at her scientific education, what she really did, and why it is important, placing her in the rich context of nineteenth century science, and the contemporary misremembering of female scientists.
Ursula Martin CBE is a Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and leads Oxford’s project to digitize Lovelace’s mathematics.
The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.
Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.
UN peacekeepers are bound, at the very least, to do no harm. But what happens when the peacekeepers bring untold suffering to those they are sent to protect? In 2010 a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera into Haiti, a country where the disease had not existed for more than 100 years. More than 800,000 people have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Yet no remedies have been made available to the victims, and the UN has relied on legal immunity to resist any claims being brought to court. Freedman and Lemay-Hebert are Senior Lecturers at Birmingham University’s Law School and International Development Department.
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Over the last twenty years, the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton has developed the Alpha Course into one of Christianity’s biggest successes. He discusses his faith and mission with the editor of GQ.
The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay. Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.
In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.
It is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls’ grammar school. Outside the classroom Britain is changing fast, and Miss Carter finds herself caught up in social upheaval, swept in and out of love and forging deep, enduring friendships. The first novel from the actress and award-winning author of The Two of Us and Just Me.
As society becomes more liberal, the Churches often seem more entrenched. The Oxford historian explores how Western Christianity’s complex and often divisive ideas about sex, marriage and gender have their roots in a story that began 3,000 years ago. Chaired by Anita Anand.